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By: sandra gee (offline) on Wednesday, February 08 2012 @ 04:39 PM EST  
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The Pademelon was one of the most amazing animals we learned about during our trip down-under.

The Pademelon is one of the smallest of the macropods, standing 40 - 55cm (not quite 2ft) when upright. Their small, compact bodes make them well adapted to movement through the dense rainforest understorey. Disguised by a thick grey/brown fur and cream, pale underbelly, their name refers to the rusty coloration of the limbs, cheeks and tail.

Make sure you read this.... Incredible!
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We were walking in the Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, a subtropical rainforest that overlooks the Glasshouse Mountains.


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By: sassyk (offline) on Wednesday, February 08 2012 @ 06:41 PM EST  
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Sandra, very interesting info about Macropods :thumrht: Beautiful photos of the alligator and the Ibis. I have a second cousin who lives in Grafton, NSW, which is approx. 163 km south of where you were at Byron Bay. She keeps telling me I should come for a visit, and I'll definitely keep it on my bucket list Nodding yes


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By: sandra gee (offline) on Thursday, February 09 2012 @ 12:38 PM EST  
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Hey Kay wave, we overnighted in Grafton. It's a lovely town and is famous for it's Jacaranda trees, actually a memory that I have of Grafton is it's huge magnificent trees. They come into full bloom late October and early November so we were there at the perfect time. We saw the Jacaranda trees in many places but Grafton was definitely stands out.

Also, the photos of the Ospreys were taken close to Grafton.

If you get the opportunity to go....take it, you will love it there love.

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the red tree in this photo is an Illawarra Flame, they are just as intense in color as the Jacaranda.
Beautiful tree lined streets in blazing color.
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By: elle (offline) on Thursday, February 09 2012 @ 01:26 PM EST  
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Wow to the Jacarandas and the Pademelon.
I recently got Oasis Nature channel and have been watching all sorts of wonderful nature shows, like the one about the Wombats. Nothing like seeing them in person though.
Keep 'em coming, Sandra.


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By: edkeagle (offline) on Friday, February 10 2012 @ 03:43 AM EST  
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I’m just getting over to this thread, and wow.

Sandra: The closest I’ve been to Australia is Crocodile Dundee and Australian Rules football. Your pictures sure make me want to get there some day. Enjoyed all the colorful animals and birds and the purple Jacaranda tree and the Illawarra Flame are spectacular.

Kay: You’ve got some very nice Snowy Owl photos, especially the last three. Too bad there’s always one person who ignores the signs about not approaching the owls. Glad you got his photo.

Carolyn: Boy, are your photos timely. We’re off soon for our annual trip to Houston and San Antonio, our former home, and have side trips to North Padre, Rockport and then up to High Island. Enjoyed your whooping crane photos and I hope they’re still around next month. We’ve made reservations on the Wharf Cat out of Rockport.


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By: Woodlands Bleu (offline) on Friday, February 10 2012 @ 10:14 AM EST  
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Ed, I am thrilled! Yes, that was the Wharf Cat we took. They are there until end of March so you should be good. I hope you totally enjoy your trip. San Antonio is one of my favorite cities (next to Kyoto, Japan where I was an exchange student and went back multiple times). My husband kayak fishes at High Island on occasion and regularly at Galveston Island State Park.
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By: sassyk (offline) on Saturday, February 11 2012 @ 05:31 PM EST  
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Thanks Sandra, Carolyn & Ed :thumrht:

A few more pics of this Snowy Owl who was cleaning and preening and presenting a good photo opNodding yes Click bigger.

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By: sassyk (offline) on Saturday, February 11 2012 @ 05:36 PM EST  
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